The Department of Defense (DoD) is America,s largest company, comprised of 5.3 million men and women, including active duty, guard, civilians and retirees, and their families that receive DOD support. The DoD is responsible for providing the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States. The major elements of these forces are the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Under the President, who is also Commander-in-Chief, the Secretary of Defense exercises authority, direction, and control over the Department which includes the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, three Military Departments, nine Unified Combatant Commands, the DoD Inspector General, fifteen Defense Agencies, and seven DoD Field Activities.
The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit unlawful discrimination. Since the Division was established in 1957, it has played an important and exciting role in the passage and enforcement of our nation's civil rights laws. The laws differ and prohibit discrimination on various bases, including race, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, citizenship, and disability.
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